Front Page Friday: New York Post

After a variable summer hiatus, it is time to get back into the swing of things. It is time to look at my favorite newspaper front page of the week.

As always, I culled through the front pages shown at and picked my favorite.

So here it is:

New York Post

This is the front page from the Sept. 27, 2010, New York Post (via

The New York post is a very sensationalist newspaper. It is known for its outlandish headlines.

It is in a tabloid format, and I have said on several occasions that I like the tabloid format because it creates more creative page designs and is more portable for readers to carry and enjoy.

On this occasion, though, I didn’t choose the Post for its design. I chose Monday’s edition for one of its front-page stories.

The headline — “SEXXX ED: Bronx teacher was a stripper – and a hooker” — is what caught my attention.

I’m a high school journalism teacher in western Kansas. So when I saw this headline, I had to read the full story because it blows my mind a former prostitute was not only hired to educate elementary school students, but she openly admits it.

Here is what the Post wrote:

“Calling herself a ‘for mer sex worker,’ the well-liked teacher has been shockingly up front about her past — posting online accounts of her sexcapades in Mexico and Lon don.

But in her boldest move, the 30-year-old posted an essay this month claiming she also had been a pros titute.

‘From October 2006 to January 2007, I accepted money in exchange for sexual services I provided to men I met online in what was then called the ‘erotic services’ section of,’ wrote Petro on The Huffington Post, using her real name and picture.

The attached bio identifies Petro, who has an MFA in creative nonfiction from The New School, as a ‘former sex worker, researcher, writer, educator, and feminist.'”

This is crazy!

I will say that the headline was clever, using three “X’s” playing off of the X-rated designation for pornography to describe she is a sex worker. Combine that with the play on sex education and the fact she is a teacher, and the headline is a definite attention getter.
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Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at or via his website at